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Hap Holly KC9RP, a blind ham, produced The RP Report from 1985 to circa 1992. That transitioned to The RAIN Report (Radio Amateur Information Network) from circa 1992 through 2019.  Both programs aired news and interviews relevant to the amateur radio community. The official web site is https://therainreport.com



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Feb 26, 2022 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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RAIN Extra for 02-26-2022 NOTE NOT FOR AIR: We’re conducting an experiment that may affect you whether you’re narrow-casting this audio service on simplex or on a network that requires frequent pauses to reset shorter timers. Which of the following would you find most useful: (1) the ‘customary’ 10-second ID break at the halfway point; or (2) both the 10-second ID break at the halfway point AND a shorter pause every three minutes for network timer reset. We’ll check the stats after...
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Jun 16, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the very last RAIN Report Welcome, fellow hams and shortwave listeners to the very last RAIN Report. I'm Will Rogers, K5WLR, reporting from Fayetteville, AR. Well, where to begin in placing the capstone on what was previously known as the RP Report and now known as the Radio Amateur Information Network? The RAIN Report, the Audio Ham Radio Feature Magazine of the Internet, has run from 1990 until 2019 under the command and control of its head cook and bottle washer, Hap Holly, KC9RP....
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Jun 2, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the RAIN Report for June 1, 2019; I'm WR.K5WLR. This week I'm seeking your help. The RAIN Report is closing up shop after 30 years of production. RAIN Founder and Producer, HH/KC9RP and I are attempting to put together a 'farewell' to the RAIN Report. But we need you to be part of it. While we have located a few folks from the RAIN Report from some years back, there are a number of you we haven't. If you voiced some scripts from past RAIN Reports or were interviewed for it and would...
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May 25, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Here on the May 25, 2019 RAIN Report we present the third and final excerpt from a 1990 conversation with Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF, who was one of Hap's two audio mentors in the early to mid 80s. Bill was the co-Founder of the Amateur Radio Newsline, formerly Westlink Radio in 1977. He was recipient of the Dayton Hamvention Special Achievement Award in 1981; and recipient of the Hamvention Ham of the Year Award in 1989. Writing news copy is a rare talent, regardless if that script is being...
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May 18, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Did yoo have an elmer or mentor that influenced you for good as a young ham? RAIN Founder HH/KC9RP did in the early to mid 80s. That mentor was Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF. Bill was co-founder of the Amateur Radio Newsline, formerly Westlink Radio in 1977. While Bill's voice was not heard on a lot of RAIN Report hamcasts over the last 29-plus years, Bill's experience and support played a major role in Hap's growth in his early production years. While Hap is still alive and well, Bill Pasternak has...
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May 11, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the Best of RAIN for May 11, 2019; introduced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. This week's memory from the RAIN archives features a conversation with the late Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF. Hap Holly/KC9RP credits Bill as being one of his two mentors back in the early 80s. While you may not recognize who Bill was, he was co-founder of the Amateur Radio Newsline (formerly West link Radio) in 1977. Hap interviewed Bill in 1990. Here's part 1 of that conversation. [1990 P1 15M] Next week we'll bring you our...
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May 5, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the Best of RAIN for May 4, 2019; Will Rogers/K5WLR with another memory from the RAIN archives. This one featuring a QSOToday podcast interview with Art Bell/W6OBB. Walk into a radio station even now and you're likely to find a ham or three keeping that station on the air. Back in the 80's an aspiring young announcer named Art Bell made his home on radio station KSBK, on the island of Okinawa . It wasn't until 1993 to 2002 that Art would be heard literally coast to coast on more than...
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Apr 27, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the Best of RAIN for April 27, 2019. I'm Will Rogers/K5WLR with another memory from the RAIN archives. This is a very special RAIN Report, featuring a QSOToday podcast interview with Art Bell/W6OVB. Art hosted a commercial radio show from 1993 to 2002 on more than 500 stations nationwide and, according to Wikipedia, was heard nightly in the wee hours by more than 10 million listeners. The show was called Coast to Coast A.M. Art became a silent key, April 13, 2016. Earlier that year Eric...
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Apr 20, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Here's a commentary we just received from Rob Orr, K9RST. Rob has been a ham for about 25 years, pursuing his youthful interest in short wave listening. While an early interest in commercial radio caught his attention, he ended up actually working in the film and video business. Today he is president of rob orr productions, makers of video for business, documentary and advocacy. Rob has been president of the North Shore Radio Club in Chicago's northern suburbs for 10 years. He has lead a group...
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Apr 13, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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For April 12, 2019 this is the Best of the RAIN Report, a weekly hamcast Hap Holly, KC9RP produced for 29 years beginning in 1990. One of the notables Hap occasionally featured in the mid to late 90s was Riley Hollingsworth/K4ZDH, Special Counsel with the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission. In fact for a few years in the late 1990s, Riley voiced a weekly voice posting produced by RAIN Founder Hap Holly/KC9RP called the FCC Enforcement Log with Riley Hollingsworth. Unfortunately the RAIN...
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Apr 6, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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For April 5, 2019 this is the Best of the RAIN Report, a weekly hamcast Hap Holly, KC9RP produced for 29 years beginning in 1990. One of the notables Hap occasionally featured in the mid to late 90s was Wayne Green/W2NSD. the founder and for decades publisher of 73 magazine. For over a year Hap featured Wayne weekly in a 10-minute audio column Wayne called "Wayne Green Pontificates". And pontificate he did. Here is one of those columns Produced by Hap Holly/KC9RP. [1998 10M] Wayne...
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Mar 30, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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For March 30, 2019 this is the Best of the hamcasts Hap's produced over 29 years of RAIN Reports. This week we conclude a 1997 hamcast called Gingrich, Ethics &the ECPA. It's the conclusion of an interview Hap conducted in 1997 with Ben Kobb/KC5CW, a telecommunications reporter for several industry publications in the Washington DC area; Editor and Publisher of the Radio Guide, a handbook of the radio spectrum; and expert on the ECPA, Electronic Communications Privacy Act. [1997 P2 12M] A...
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Mar 23, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the Best of RAIN for March 23, 2019. This week we return to the year 1997. Congress got off to a decidedly rocky start that year. The Republican Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, was targeted for ethics violations. Then Democrat Jim McDermid stepped down as House Ethics Committee Chairman for divulging a tape recording of a cellular phone call involving Gingrich. In the latter incident a Florida couple reportedly intercepted and taped a cellular phone call made by Gingrich, turned it...
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Mar 17, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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For the Ides of March, 2019 this is the BEST of RAIN. Be advised this two-part RAIN Report interview with Al Lotze/W6RQ about WWV and the sun first aired in 1994; Al became a silent key in 2000. [1994] 19M This has been another Best of RAIN in which RAIN's Founder, HH/KC9RP has been picking out some of the best of the RAIN archives, something he'll be doing until sometime in May. The RAIN Report updates Saturdays on therainreport.com. You can hear this hamcast on shortwave Saturday nights on...
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Mar 9, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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For March 9, 2019 this is the BEST of RAIN; I'm WR/K5WLR. In the early to mid 60s the Swan Company was the mainstay in ham radio with their release of single sideband mono-band radios like the SW120, SW140 and SW175. followed by multiband transceivers like their 240, 350 and 400. In 1966 Swan released the Swan 500, which was similar to its predecessor, the 350. In fact both transceivers used the same final tubes, a pair of 6FH5 sweep tubes. The 350 was rated at 350 watts(peep envelope power);...
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Mar 2, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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For March 2, 2019 this is the BEST of RAIN: Once upon a time there was no ham gear imported from Japan. In the early 60s there were only two domestic manufacturers of single sideband ham gear stateside. One was Collins...the other Swan. Swan later became Cubic, and later Cubic was replaced by Atlas...and so on. Let's start at the very beginning of the Swan-Atlas story. Swan's founder was Herb Johnson/W6QKI from Cardiff, CA. Herb became a license ham in 1936 while in high school. In 1940 he was...
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Feb 23, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the best of RAIN for Feb. 23, 2019. On Sept. 12, 1988, Hurricane Gilbert leveled the western Caribbean island of Jamaica with 180-mile-per-hour winds and 12 inches of rain. Dave remembered it well as he was on the 7th floor of Montego Bay's largest hotel. Now a silent key, Dave was a broadcast cable consultant by profession, and a licensed ham since 1955. [1991] 15M] Dave was interviewed by RAIN Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP at the 1991 Dayton Hamvention. These RAIN Reports are updated...
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Feb 15, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the Best of RAIN, Feb. 16, 2019. I'm WR/K5WLR. This week we bring you another of Hap's fave RAIN Reports, this one from 1991. You who were frequent listeners to the weekly Amateur Radio Newsline Report then, you may recall this sad story voiced by Andy Darima/N9TCQ (Dar-EE-ma). (audio insert) While the majority of stateside hams had forgotten about Hurricane Gilbert in the aftermath of the Armeenian quake, Hurricane Hugo, and the northern California quakes of that decade, David...
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Feb 9, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the Best of RAIN, Feb. 9, 2019. This week we bring you another of Hap's fave RAIN Reports, this one from 1990, the first year of the RAIN Report. It's a talk entitled "My Early Days as A Ham" voiced by Dick Helton/W9CTY, for years a familiar voice on Chicago radio, specifically WBBM News Radio 78. This talk was delivered before the North Short Radio Club in Highland Park, IL. [1990 25M] According to the KNX website Dick is still broadcasting weekday mornings from 5:00 to...
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Feb 1, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the Best of RAIN, Feb. 2, 2019. This week we conclude a gem from the RAIN archive that is one of Hap's all-time faves. It is called "Your Code Record is Cracked". As with our first two gems we brought you in January, this one originally aired as one of Hap's RP Reports, Vol. 3 #20. This two-part RP Report was narrated by silent key Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF, co-founder of the Amateur Radio Newsline, formerly Westlink Radio. Bill introduces part 2 of Your Code Record is...
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Jan 26, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the Best of RAIN, January 26, 2019. This week we pull out a gem from the RAIN archive that was one of Hap's all-time faves. It was called "Your Code Record is Cracked". As with our first two gems we brought you the last two weeks, this one originally aired as one of Hap's RP Reports, Vol. 3 #19&20. This two-part RP Report was narrated by silent key Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF, co-founder of the Amateur Radio Newsline, formerly known as Westlink Radio. Here he is with part one of...
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Jan 19, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the Best of RAIN, January 19, 2019. As mentioned last time For the next four-plus months we're going to dig up some of Hap's fave productions going back to this one, Vol. 1 #24 from 1987 during what was known then as the RP Report. This is part 2 of Hap's first interview with Carol Perry/WB2MGP, who was named that year (1987) the Dayton Hamvention Ham of the Year. {1987.Each fall more than a million youngsters trudged back to school in New York city. 1,800 of them to Rocco Laurie School...
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Jan 12, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Please Note that because of the pacing of this interview, this RAIN Report has two ID breaks. We're suggesting you investigate the RAIN archive where you will find a treasure of material from the 1990s or 2000s. Just be sure to properly identify the complete audio file you use. And you may want to begin downloading Newsline for your net (arnewsline.org) in place of the RAIN Report. In my conversation with Hap about the future of the RAIN Report, or rather the lack thereof, Hap reports that The...
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Jan 5, 2019 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Please Note that because of the pacing of this interview, this RAIN Report has two ID breaks. We're suggesting you investigate the RAIN archive where you will find a treasure of material from the 1990s or 2000s. Just be sure to properly identify the complete audio file you use. And you may want to begin downloading Newsline for your net (arnewsline.org) in place of the RAIN Report. In my conversation with Hap about the future of the RAIN Report, or rather the lack thereof, Hap reports that The...
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Dec 16, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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So what is ham radio anyway? This week we have a UK perspective. When one hears a discussion about Amateur Radio's interfacing with digital technology, like EchoLink, JT68, JT8 and even RTTY, invaribly some 80-meter redneck has nothing better to say than "Ahhhh, that's not real ham radio. So just what is real ham radio? For a European perspective For a European perspective we turned to Chris Rollinson. Chris recently penned and voiced a commentary addressing this question. [2018] )15M)MP3
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Dec 1, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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The RAINREPORT is challenging you to find a RAIN Report from the archive worthy of your next net. RAIN's Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP has been down for the count. See what you can find in the Archive that would be a good choice. The RAIN Report will return next week.
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Nov 17, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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how can you get good microphone audio on Echo link, Skype, or other computer application? In the second excerpt from our Skype conversation with Rock-n-roll Hall of Famer, Bob Heil, K9EID, ne was talking about the importance of parametric equalization in the mic audio chain in your computer. Here's our third and final excerpt (11-17-18) from Hap Holly/KC9RP's hour-long conversation with Bob covering the facts about microphones. [2018 12M] Bob Heil/K9EID has sold well over 100,000 Heil Sound...
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Nov 11, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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So what microphone does Bob Heil detest the most? The microphone world was set on its collective 'ear' when Bob Heil/K9EID introduced Heil Sound microphones decades ago. Open up your mic attached to your modern day ham transceiver and chances are you'll find his handiwork in the audio section. His HC3 or HC4 mic element will likely be found in the microphone of said transceiver. In fact Bob has sold well over 100,000 of his "HC" microphone elements since 1982. But what is it about...
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Nov 9, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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So what microphone does Bob Heil detest the most? The microphone world was set on its collective 'ear' when Bob Heil/K9EID introduced Heil Sound microphones decades ago. Open up your mic attached to your modern day ham transceiver and chances are you'll find his handiwork in the audio section. His HC3 or HC4 mic element will likely be found in the microphone of said transceiver. In fact Bob has sold well over 100,000 of his "HC" microphone elements since 1982. But what is it about...
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Nov 2, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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The RAIN Report for Nov. 3 asked the question: What's your favorite microphone in your ham shack? You may change your mind after you listen to the next three RAIN Reports. The guy who may change your mind is Bob Heil/K9EID, the only microphone man in the Rock-n-roll hall of fame. Bob has sold well over 100,000 microphones of his own design. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP recently spoke with Bob for more than an hour on Skype about Bob's preferred microphone and those he absolutely despises. This is our...
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Oct 27, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Homebrewing is alive and well. In fact this is the 'golden age of diy Ham Radio' according to George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU, cohost of the Ham Radio Work Bench podcast. [2018 14M] This is an excerpt from a 2018 Dayton Hamvention forum presentation by George. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights are reserved. The RAIN Report updates Saturday mornings on therainreport.com, and Saturday evenings on WTWW, an international shortwave station out of Lebanon, TN around 9:00 CDT on 5.085...
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Oct 20, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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If you're a newcomer to a local repeater here on Oct. 20, but haven't listened to it very long, you may be puzzled by the 'do's and don'ts' of that repeater. One ham who has some definite ideas about good repeater etiquette is Mitch Stern/W1SJ, a Vermont ham who is an inveterate DX'er, contester, and public service net control station. [1999 11M) Excerpted from his 1999 Dayton Hamvention forum talk. Remember local traditions and customs may vary from repeater to repeater. The RAIN Report is...
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Oct 12, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the RAIN Report for Oct. 13. Assemble a room full of yl's whose spouses are hams. Then take a poll as to how many of those yl's are favorably disposed toward ham radio. You might be surprised how few of those ladies have little if any tolerance for this hobby their husbands devote so much time to. But that family dynamic is meant for another RAIN Report. A MOST notable exception are Dan and Maline Fish, the co-owners of Radio City, a ham radio store near MNPLS that will be closing in...
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Oct 5, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This is the RAIN Report for Oct. 6. Independently-owned ham radio stores are few and far between. Radio City has weathered a number of business storms since opening its doors in the mid 1980s. The store is a rarity in ham radio circles; its owners are Dan and Maline Fish. they have shared the ownership 50/50 since its opening 34 years ago. Radio City, located in suburban MNPLS, MN. Is scheduled to close in early December. For the next two RAIN Report hamcasts we'll hear RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP...
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Sep 29, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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From the studios of the Radio Amateur Information Network, this is the RAIN Report for Sept. 29. One of the most bombastic hams to use a national ham magazine he published to pontificate about his disperate views on life in the 90's was Wayne Greene/W2NSD (Never Say Die). One of the early interviews RAIN Founder and Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP, conducted was with Wayne in 1991. In fact later that decade Wayne voiced a weekly audio podcast for RAIN that Hap named Wayne Greene Pontificates. And...
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Sep 22, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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P-S-E-W-G. Try to say that phonetically! We won't but we will hear just what P-S-E-W-G is in the Sept. 22 RAIN Report. If you were to peruse a list of the myriad committees and associated groups affiliated with the ARRL, the national organization of Amateur Radio, there's one of which you may not be familiar. It's P-S-E-W-G, otherwise known as the Public Service Enhancement Working Group. PSEWG was discussed during the ARRL forum at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention. The Chair of PSEWG is ARRL Great...
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Sep 15, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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These days it's not unusual to find an EchoLink interface on local VHF and UHF repeaters worldwide. For the uninitiated, EchoLink is a software package that combines the best of Amateur Radio and the Internet. The man behind EchoLink is Jonathan Taylor/K1RFD. Jonathan talked about "combining the old with the new" in a 2004 Dayton Hamvention talk. [2005 12M] Ok, this presentation is a bit dated, going back 14 years. This is just a crass way of announcing that the RAIN archives now goes...
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Sep 8, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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So just what is the new paradigm in Amateur Radio? We find out in this RAIN Report for Sept. 8. Paradigm is a term not often used but is defined by Meriam Webster as: "A philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in support of them are formulated." So just how does this term fit into Amateur Radio today? During an ARRL forum at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention Rick Roderick,...
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Sep 1, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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The September 1 RAIN Report answers the vexing question: What's the longest-running ham info service on 160 meters? It's the Gateway 160 Meter Radio Newsletter out of Wentzville, MO. Its founder and producer is Vern Jackson/WA0RCR. Now his name won't be familiar to a number of you. However virtually every excerpt that you hear on these RAIN Reports from Dayton Hamvention forums is due to Vern's efforts setting up the audio cabling in each of the four forum rooms to our recording devices every...
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Aug 25, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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The August 25 RAIN Report gives you a 14-minute introduction to sdr, software defined radio. Software Defined Radio technology (SDR) has been around for a number of years. So just what is SDR? One non ham across the pond who knows is Steve Brightman, the mind behind SDRPlay LTD. Steve talked about SDR in a 2018 Dayton Hamvention forum. [2018 14M] For more info about SDR check out Steve's website, sdrplay.com. The RAIN Report updates Saturdays on therainreport.com and on shortwave Saturday...
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Aug 18, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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The Amateur Radio Newsline announced that the 2018 Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY) is 14-year-old Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO. Bryant was interviewed on Ham Nation by Newsline's Don Wilbanks, AE5DW. [2018 8M] As we went to press on August 18 the Huntsville ham fest was in full swing. Congrats to Bryant for being selected Young Ham of the Year for 2018. So just how did the YHOTY program get started and by whom? Here's the story behind YHOTY from the late Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP...
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Aug 11, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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By popular demand you're going to hear more about What should be in your ham radio tool boxhere in the August 11 RAIN Report. Last week we learned about what you should have in your ham radio toolbox. The guy who should know is Ken Bailey, K1FUG, ARRL Emergency Preparedness Assistant and Continuing Education Program Administrator. By request, we'll hear from Ken once again in a second excerpt from his 2018 Dayton Hamvention talk. [2018 17M] If you missed our first audio excerpt from his...
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Aug 4, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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More and more folks today are changing horses in the middle of life's virtual stream. One ham who has is Bob Bruninga/WB4APR, the man whose Automated Packet Radio System radically changed Amateur Radio tracking back in the 1990s. In 2007 Bob discovered a whole new world of energy. He now has made getting off the power grid his life focus. Bob's new world of energy is the electric vehicle (EV). He talked about his new crusade at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention in May. This is our second and final...
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Jul 28, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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More and more folks today are changing horses in the middle of life's virtual stream. One ham who has is Bob Bruninga/WB4APR, the man whose Automated Packet Radio System radically changed Amateur Radio tracking back in the 1990s. In 2007 Bob discovered a whole new world of energy. He now has made getting off the power grid his life focus. Bob's new world of energy is the electric vehicle (EV). He talked about his new crusade at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention in May. This is our second and final...
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Jul 21, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This week on the July 21 RAIN Report we learn about a whole new world of energy. A-P-R-S...These four letter revolutionized Amateur Radio tracking in the mid-1990s. The man behind APRS is Bob Bruninga/WB4APR. But wait a darn minute here...Bob isn't talking a lot about his Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) these days. If you attended his hour-long plus forum at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention last May, you already know his new crusade is: a whole new world of energy. [2018 14M] Bob will...
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Jul 14, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Due to some problems with Hap's primary PC we've had to delve into the RAIN archive to a shorter program, this from March, 2004. After the obligatory break around 9 minutes, we'll bring you a 5-minute interview about the K9V (K9s for Veterans) special event coming up July 21. But first another approach to the Press introduced by Blair Alper/KA9SEQ. [2004 9M] Tune around the ham bands most any weekend and you'll hear one special event station or another. One that RAIN's Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP...
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Jul 7, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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In the late 1970s, the 220 band was gaining popularity nationwide. In Chicago a small publication emerged; it was called '220 Notes'. 220 Notes almost ceased publication in 1981 until a local 220 enthusiast, Art Reis/K9XI decided otherwise. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke to Art about 220 Notes and a short segment of interest to Chicago hams. [2018 15M] Art was a frequent contributor to the Bear Information Service in Chicago during the mid and late 80s and the RAIN Report in the 90s. If you are...
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Jun 30, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Could you name off all the major Amateur Radio affiliated emergency preparedness organizations in the United States as we go to post on June 30? During one of the ARRL-sponsored forums held at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention in mid-May, many of the major emergency preparedness organizations connected with Amateur Radio participated in a panel discussion narrated by ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager. Mike Corey/KI1U. This week we present an excerpt from that forum. [2018 19M] The RAIN Report is...
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Jun 23, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Were you active on packet radio in the 80s and 90s?Larry Miglore/KB9DIP, this week's RAIN reader is probably one of the relative few who can say he was an Administrative Sysop on VHF/UHF packet in Chicago back then on what was called back in those years a packet bulletin board. One ham who remains active on HF packet here in 2018 is Sholto Fischer/K7TMG, who works at West Mountain Radio. This week we bring you an excerpt from Sholto's presentation about HF Packet - Then and Now voiced at the...
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Jun 15, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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More spacial updates coming your way in the June 16 RAIN Report. Look up in the star-studded heavens most any night and you may get a glimpse of the International Space Station, home of ARISS, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station. AMSAT-NA, The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, is likewise alive and well as you'll hear in this week's RAIN Report. We have two excerpts from the 2018 Dayton Hamvention AMSAT forum: The first voice you'll hear is Frank Bauer/KA3HDO, International...
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Jun 9, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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No doubt most of you have heard of AMSAT over the years. But likewise most of you are unaware of what AMSAT has been doing recently. Here's the first short excerpt of two from the AMSAT forum held last month during the 2018 Dayton Hamvention. This week you'll hear from Joe Spire/K6WAO, President of AMSAT since October, 2017. [2018 11M] Next week we'll hear some nuts and bolts as to what lies in the future for the Amateur Radio satellite program from Frank Bougher/KA3HDO, the International Chair...
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Jun 2, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Bob Heil and Ham Nation at Hamvention? Of course! Do you know what Ham Nation is? Have you ever even HEARD of Ham Nation? With some answers as to who and what Ham Nation is, here's rock-n-roll hall of fame audio guru, Bob Heil/K9EID. [2018 13M] In this RAIN Report ham cast you'll hear (Among others) Bob Heil/K9EID and George Thomas/W5JDX. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights reserved. This ham cast updates Saturday mornings on therainreport.com; it is heard Saturday evenings...
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May 26, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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So just what is HamSCI? We'll find out in this week's RAIN Report, the first excerpt from the 2018 Dayton Hamvention forums. we begin with a Tapper forum talk about HamSCI, the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation, a major mover and shaker in Advance scientific research and understanding through amateur radio activities. The forum moderator was Nathaniel Frissell/W2NAF. [2018 12M] To learn more about HamSCI, check out their website hamsci.org. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all...
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May 21, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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The first time the RAIN crew visited the Dayton Hamvention was 1988, 30 years ago. While the RAIN Report technically did not exist until 1990, Hap Holly/KC9RP began producing audio ham radio programming for national consumption in 1988 under the name R.P. Report. This week we bring you one of those early interviews Hap did but which never showed up as a RAIN Report. It was a conversation with Jack Althouse/K6NY, the man behind Palomar Engineers in Escondido, Calif. [1988 9M] I'm sad to report...
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May 11, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Here comes the 2018 Hamvention, May 18, 19 and 20 in Xenia, OH. For a sneak preview RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP caught up with Brian Markland, N8UDQ, Inside Exhibit Chair. [2018 17M] The RAIN Report and the Gateway 160 Meter Radio Newsletter will be holding forth at the Hamvention in booth 6204. Drop by and tell us where you hear the RAIN Report and Gateway 160 Meter Radio Newsletter. Your ham story might get you interviewed on the RAIN Report hamcast. The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN,...
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May 5, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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As we went to press we were less than two weeks away from ham radio mecca, the Dayton Hamvention, scheduled for May 18, 19 and 20. This will be RAIN's 30th visit to the Hamvention, where we retrieve countless hours of forum audio for these RAIN Reports. That's all well and good but it's not real time when we bring excerpts to you from those forums. There is a ham who streams audio AND video from the Hamvention. In fact Tom Medlin, W5KUB begins streaming the 10-hour sojourn he makes annually to...
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Apr 28, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Walk into a radio station, even today, and you're likely to find a ham or three keeping that radio station on the air. Back in the 80's an aspiring young radio announcer named Art Bell/W6OBB made Okinawa his home on radio station KSBK. It wouldn't be until 1993 to 2002 that Art would be heard nationwide on his "Coast to coast A-M" talk show on more than 500 stations by over 10.0 mln folks week nights in the wee hours. Sadly, Art became a silent key April 13, 2018. To celebrate this...
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Apr 27, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Walk into a radio station, even today, and you're likely to find a ham or three keeping that radio station on the air. Back in the 80's an aspiring young radio announcer named Art Bell/W6OBB made Okinawa his home on radio station KSBK. It wouldn't be until 1993 to 2002 that Art would be heard nationwide on his "Coast to coast A-M" talk show on more than 500 stations by over 10.0 mln folks week nights in the wee hours. Sadly, Art became a silent key April 13, 2018. To celebrate this...
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Apr 21, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This week we bring you a very special RAIN Report about a Most Unique Communicator, Art Bell/W6OBB(SK). From 1993 to 2002 Art hosted a commercial radio show that boasted a listenership exceeding 10 million folks nationwide in the wee hours on some 500 stations coast to coast. Coincidentally the name of Art's show was Coast to Coast A-M. According to Wikipedia, Art fielded topics ranging from the paranormal, the occult, and UFO's to proto science and pseudo-science. Today millions of his...
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Apr 13, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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In mid-March Kent Peterson/KC0DGY was working on a story for Amateur Radio Newsline about the Jupiter Amateur Radio club and HF Voyager, their automatically piloted, maritime drone operating in the Pacific Ocean with an interactive digital FT8 ham radio station aboard. Kent had to edit down the interview to under 3 minutes for the Newsline presentation. His conversation with Kurt Kiesow/N6FW contained so much useful info that Newsline decided to share a much longer version of that conversation...
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Apr 7, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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As we learned in the first excerpt from Hap Holly/KC9RP's 2000 conversation with author and Morse code historian, Lewis Coe/W9CNY(SK), Morse Code certainly left its mark on the American frontier even before the Civil War. [2000 P2 14M] Though the FCC dropped Morse code from the entry level Amateur Radio exam in the early 1990s, American history was forever changed by dits and dots. Incidentally Lewis Coe/W9CNY penned a book in 1993 called "The Telegraph, The History of Morse's invention...
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Mar 30, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Morse code was the bane of many a wanna-be ham for years until 'code' was dropped by the FCC from the entry level testing program of Amateur Radio. For the uninitiated the use of Morse code goes back well over a century. Lewis Coe/W9CNY of Crown Point, Indiana got his first ham ticket way back in 1927. Later on he became a CW historian of sorts. In 2000 RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke with Lewis about the evolution of dits and dahs. [2000 P1 16M] More about the evolution of CW with Lewis Coe next...
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Mar 24, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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When one hears a discussion about Amateur Radio's interfacing with digital technology, i.e. the Internet, Echo link, FT8 and the like, invariably some diehard 80-meter redneck has nothing better to say than "Ah, that's not REAL ham radio!" So just what IS real ham radio? For a European perspective, we turn to Chris Rolinson/G7DDN. Chris recently penned and voiced a commentary addressing this question. [2017 16M] You will find a written copy of Chris's commentary on his website,...
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Mar 16, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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While we won't be dealing with the luck of the Irish this week, we will travel once again to World War II Germany. A number of civilians known as the French Resistance kept tabs on the German military and High Command in WW2. They surreptitiously transmitted decoded data to the Allies at great personal risk. Tom Perera PH.D/W1TP, an authority on clandestine radio operations of World War II spoke at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention. {2015 P2 17M} You can read a great deal more about the so-called...
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Mar 9, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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This week we bring you an encore presentation of a 2015 Dayton Hamvention talk about Clandestine communications during World War II. Regular listeners to this hamcast will recall the intriguing story about Russell Hutchinson, Radio Boy, the American P-O-W who virtually risked his life to construct AM radio to help maintain the morale of his fellow 1,600 American prisoners of war in a World War II Japanese p-o-w camp in the Philippines. While Hutch was seripticiously catching war updates...
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Mar 3, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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In this first RAIN Report for March, 2018, we present our second excerpt from a lengthy interview with CQ Propagation Columnist Tomas Hood/NW7US by QSOToday's Eric Guth/4Z1UG. Tomas is known worldwide for his ability to simplify the complexities of solar propagation. [2018 P2 20M] You can hear the entire 1-hour unedited interview of Tomas on QSOToday.com. [Used with permission) The RAIN Report updates Saturdays on therainreport.com; and can be heard 9:00 PM CST Saturday as part of the Amateur...
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Feb 23, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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If you have been following solar propagation over the years, you probably have read propagation columns from Tomas Hood/NW7US. Tomas has been featured on these RAIN Report hamcasts over the years. However, this is the first time we have featured him telling his story. This week we bring you the first of two excerpts from a lengthy conversation between Tomas and Eric Guth/4Z1UG of QSOToday. [2017 P1 20M] We'll bring you our second and final excerpt from this interview with Tomas Hood next time....
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Feb 17, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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One of the really unique features of the Dayton Hamvention is its forums. If you're a regular listener to this hamcast you already know that from how frequently we excerpt from them. One of them is the Collins Radio forum. If you repair, restore, or collect Collins gear, (once the Cadillac of ham radios) the hour-long Collins radio forum at Hamvention is the closest thing to Collins Nirvana you'll ever find. And there are only a few Collins enthusiasts like David Knepper/W3ST, publisher of the...
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Feb 10, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Pile ups...no, I'm not talking about the recent multi vehicle collision on a nearby freeway the other day. I'm AM referring to pile ups on the HF ham bands when a hard-to-find DX station attracts scores of high profile sing sideband stations. According to inveterate Vermont contester and DX'er Mitch Stern/W1SJ, there is an art to cracking pile ups. [2017 13M] The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights are reserved. The Radio Amateur Information Network is streamable from...
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Feb 9, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Pile ups...no, I'm not talking about the recent multi vehicle collision on a nearby freeway the other day. I'm AM referring to pile ups on the HF ham bands when a hard-to-find DX station attracts scores of high profile sing sideband stations. According to inveterate Vermont contester and DX'er Mitch Stern/W1SJ, there is an art to cracking pile ups. [2017 13M] The RAIN Report is copyright 1990-2018 RAIN, all rights are reserved. The Radio Amateur Information Network is streamable from...
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Feb 3, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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It seems that everywhere one turns today there are lawyers rewriting or trying to rewrite modern and not so modern law. telecommunications lawyer Fred Hopengarten, K1VR has carved out a careerlegal assisting U.S. hams to circumvent cc'n'rs, common covenants and restrictions that prevent so many radio amateurs from erecting reasonable outdoor antennas. The federally mandated PRB1 legislation has been of some help in doing so for a number of years. However as Fred pointed out in his 2017 Dayton...
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Jan 29, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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The U.S. Amateur Radio Service has had a partnership with the National Weather Service for years. But just how does the modern radio amateur interact with the 192 weather offices nationwide? This week we present some of those answers in an excerpt from a 2017 Dayton Hamvention talk by Brandon Palquin, a Wilmington, Ohio employee of his local regional weather service office. [2017 19M] If you aren't already connected with the NWS, checdk your calendar as spring and its unpredictable storms is...
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Jan 20, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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Do you remember some commentaries in the 90's called Bytes From Q-zed-B? A Chicago area ham named Mark Thompson/WB9QZB expressed his controversial ham radio viewpoints in those days on these RAIN Reports. So just what did his bytes sound like? We'll present two of them for you this week. The first is entitled "Your No Code Accent" from 1994. Our second Bytes, "Ham Radio and Personal Responsability", was penned and voiced by Mark in 1995. [1994&95 13M] Is we can dislodge...
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Jan 13, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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If you have ever served on the technical committee of an urban repeater that maintains links to multiple receive sites, you already know that keeping those links functioning properly can be a real character builder. Now imagine what challenges a handful of mountain-top machines linked together digitally pose. In the mid-1990s Frosty Oden/N6ENV, a CBS television technical director at the time, was trustee and builder of SEVEN such mountain top repeaters on 220 and 440 mHZ in Southern California....
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Jan 6, 2018 Hap Holly, KC9RP
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*Kent Peterson/KC0DGY is holding down the virtual fort for a few weeks while Will Rogers/K5WLR, the default voice of these RAIN Reports gets his erstwhile feet under him from his recent spill.* Most ham operators east of the Rockies live on flatlands. Travel to southern California, however, and the Amateur Radio VHF and UHF horizon undergo a RADICAL change called 'mountains'. While the phenomenal elevations of mountains out west provide extraordinary repeater and remote base coverage today,...
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